A Life Reinvented: Sue Brunson

By Leslie Moore

A Life Reinvented: Sue Brunson

Sue Brunson, Finding Blue Water

Tell us a little about yourself

I am a local girl; I graduated from Myrtle Beach High School and Coastal Carolina College. I now live in my family home, that I recently renovated, and have three adult children; Lewis, 27; Christopher, 24 and Elizabeth, 21.

After 4 years of teaching public middle school, my sister and I took over the family business, a well established child care center in Myrtle Beach, Wee Care Day School, and cared for our parents. Last year we closed, after 25 years, and I am now reinventing myself! In college I had gotten my WSI, Water Safety Instructor Certification, and had taught swimming as “something extra” at the day care for years – I always loved it. After 30 years of marriage and divorce, I completely changed my life, and now I teach swimming for a living.

What is your secret to a Timeless Life?

I’m always learning something new and am excited about life! Before my life changed, I was always saying I needed a vacation; somewhere with “blue water.” Now I know the “blue water” is just a state of mind – and I’m finding it. I see my life as a Divine Adventure!

How did you celebrate your last milestone birthday? 

Just before my 50th birthday (I’m 53 now), I decided to start running, and ran a 5K, my first race, because Bob Harper of The Biggest Loser was coming to Myrtle Beach. I really enjoyed running and decided to train for the Myrtle Beach Marathon 5 months later. Soon after, friends talked me into getting a road bike. I had never ridden a bike with gears before– my bike had fat tires and a basket on the front. I loved it. I was already a swimmer, and soon I was doing Triathlons beginning with the CCU Triathlon, my alma mater. I’ve now done five Half Ironmen, 70.3 mile races, and one full Ironman, a 140.6 mile race. It took me over 14 hours to complete it. On March 7th, I will compete in Ironman New Zealand, a day after my 54th birthday! My boyfriend, Tim, who is also my coach, and I are travelling there and doing the race together. What a milestone that will be!

The Myrtle Beach running and biking community has helped me through some very difficult times. I’ve learned to break things down into pieces if the whole is overwhelming and not to give up before the miracle happens. Running, biking and swimming have healed me emotionally, physically and spiritually. My gratitude meter is high.

What is the most adventurous thing you’ve done lately? 

The day after Ironman Florida, I got a tattoo! It’s the Ironman symbol in pink for breast cancer awareness. Breast cancer took my mother and some dear friends.

Tell us a little about your work as a swimming instructor

I teach private swim lessons to adults and children three and over who are ready to learn to swim. From beginner swim to endurance swim, it’s all about learning how to get air and breathe while in the water. This is my life now, surrounded by blue water! I teach for Stox & Co at Litchfield Beach Resort and various pools on the Grand Strand by appointment.

Contact Sue at 843-455-4130

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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